Hot Mess = Success ... watercolor dunking!


Hi friends!

Today's post is for the Hot Mess = Success card group 

and this is our 20th card of this once-a-month challenge.

The idea is to create a card with a 'messy' technique.

I'm late for the posting as it's normally on the 12th

but I just haven't been able to make cards as I usually do :)

Better late than never .... that's my motto!

What was my messy technique this month?

Watercolor dunking!

I'm pretty sure I totally made that up, but 
I'm not sure what else to call it :)

I started by filling a small plate with Altenew's watercolors
by just barely adding any water.
The super rich, concentrated colors were
almost like a dry rub on the plate.

I chose 5-6 colors and added them about 1" apart on a ceramic plate.

I stamped (Stazon) and die cut the floral image from
 Altenew's Wild Flora stamps.

For this part, I had to work superfly quick,
almost double handing the water and the stamped image!
With one hand, I poured a small amount of water (maybe 1/3 cup)
and let the watercolors start to 'pool' and mix organically but 


it gets completely muddled together,
I quickly dunked the image into the watercolor mixture.
Some of the watercolors attach directly to the paper
and others are almost muted by the darker, richer colors.

I did this about 3-4 times and this was image #2 ~
I liked it the best out of all of them and just kept this one to work with.

Once that was dry, I used white acrylic paint 
and flicked it onto the image using a wide paintbrush for bigger drops.

I added it to a background die and popped it up on foam
and added a sentiment from the matching stamp set.

And that's my card!

This month's Hot Mess = A Success!

Thanks for stopping by!

Card entered to:  Word Art Wednesday


  1. Hello Kelly, your card is gorgeous, beautifully coloured and such a wonderful floral image, Kate x

  2. WOW, Kelly, so beautiful, the colours are gorgeous and I love your floral stamp, what a great technique with fabulous results..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  3. Fabulous piece, so beautiful! I'm still in my hospital bed! Have a good, new week, hugs, Valerie

  4. Adorable work kelly, you achieved a lovely result with your technique!LOVE those multicoloured flowers and the sweet pierced background!

  5. How beautiful! That technique made sure made so colors lookd so lovely together!

  6. Fabulous card love the beautiful stamp and your watercolour dunking effect
    Carol x

  7. Kelly, this is absolutely gorgeous! Your technique is creative and the result is amazing!

  8. Wow, this is absolutely beautiful, and what a great technique, thanks for sharing! Hugs, Enny

  9. Wow, what a gorgeous card, lovely colours and image used ♥

  10. It's so wonderful card!

  11. What an amazing beauty!! I love it, Kelly!